Early Colonial Settlers of Southern Maryland and Virginia's Northern Neck Counties

Jonathan Burch

Male 1708 - 1786  (78 years)


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  • Name Jonathan Burch  [1
    Born 1708  Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 14 Feb 1786  Prince George's County, Maryland - probate Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I16179  Tree1
    Last Modified 27 Sep 2022 

    Father Oliver Burch,   b. 30 Oct 1647, Penrith, Cumberland, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 May 1729, Charles County, Maryland - probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Barbara Tennison,   b. 1660, Northumberland County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1737, Bowling Plains, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married Abt 1676  Newport, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F2880  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Elizabeth MNU Burch,   b. Bef 1724,   d. Between 1776 and 1785, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 52 years) 
    Married Bef 1740  Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • unproven marriage
    Children 
     1. Jonathan Burch,   b. 1740, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1790, King George's Parish, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 51 years)  [natural]
     2. Thomas Burch,   b. Abt 1741, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1790, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 50 years)  [natural]
     3. Oliver Burch,   b. 1748, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1810, Fairfax County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 63 years)  [natural]
     4. Elizabeth Burch,   b. 1752, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1785, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 34 years)  [natural]
     5. Benjamin Burch,   b. 1753, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Dec 1830, Breckinridge County, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)  [natural]
     6. Anne Burch,   b. Bef 1755, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     7. Mary Burch,   b. 1756, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1800, Montgomery County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 45 years)  [natural]
     8. Margaret Burch,   b. 26 May 1757, St. John's Parish, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1785  (Age > 29 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 27 Sep 2022 
    Family ID F11044  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • ===
      PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY, MARYLAND WILLS; Liber T No. #1; 1784-1789;
      follo 231 JONATHAN BURCH 01/19/1785 02/14/1786
      Bequeaths to:
      1. Thomas Burch --son
      Oliver Burch --son
      Benjamin Burch --son
      -to have tract of land where testator now lives called "Plymoth" cont. 140 acres along w/ a tract of land adjoining called "The Mill Dam Tract" to be divided equally among them.
      -Benjamin named executor of the will and to have the crop of tobacco now growing
      Witnesses: Henry Hardey, Jr., Leonard Townsend, John Townsend
      Then came: the three above named subscriber to the will
      Note; the testator signed the will in his own hand

      === Contributed by Ralph D. Smith
      Jan. 19, 1785 - The Prince George's Co., Md. will of Jonathan Burch, probated Feb. 14, 1786, leaves:
      --to sons Thomas Burch, Oliver Burch and Benjamin Burch,
      all that tract of land whereon I now live known by the name of "Plemoth" [sic; "Plymouth"], containing 140 acres more or less, with a tract adjoining called the Mill dam tract, to be equally divided between them.
      --to son Jonathan, one guinea.
      --to my beloved daughters and grandaughter and daughter-in-law, namely, Elizabeth Humphrey, Mary Blacklock, Ann Burch, Margett [sic; Margaret] Humphrey, Casandra Wade, Mary Burch, all my personal estate to be equally divided amongst them except the former legacies and the crop now groing [sic; growing] and that to my son Benjamin Burch.
      Executor: Son Benjamin Burch.
      Signed Jonathan Burch.
      Witnesses: Henry Hardey, Sr., Leonard Townshend, John
      Townshend.
      Source: Prince George's Co., Md. Wills, Liber T No.1,
      p. 23l.
      Comment: Jonathan's wife Elizabeth is not mentioned in his will or later estate records from which we deduce that she has d. 1776-1785. The 6 named females in the will are "daughters" (Elizabeth Humphrey, Mary Blacklock, Ann Burch, Margaret Humphrey), "grandaughter" (Casandra Wade) and "daughter-in-law" (Mary Burch, wife of son Benjamin Burch.)

      May 10, 1786 - The Prince George's Co., Md. Inventory of
      Mr. Jonathan Burch, Sr.
      Appraisers: Henry Hill, Jr., John Talbott (value 452/7/6
      current money of Maryland.)
      Creditors: not given.
      Kin: not given.
      Executor: Benjamin Burch, approved the inventory on May 15, 1786.
      Source: Prince George's Co., Md. Inventories, Liber ST
      No.2, pp. 322-3.

      ===
      John Atkinson 48.233 PG £6.17.8 Jul 24 1751 Feb 1 1752
      Appraisers: Thomas Carter, Jonathon Birch.
      Creditors: Thomas Hamilton, J. Lawrance for Edward Trafford, Esq.
      Administrator: Mr. Francis King.
      ===
      Thomas Stonestreet 6.203 D PG £584.9.2 Apr 27 1773
      Sureties: Jonathon Burch, Butler Newman.
      Legatees: John Stonestreet (grandson), Basil Stonestreet (grandson), Edward Stonestreet (grandson), Verlinda Newman (granddaughter) and her husband Butler Newman, Verlinda Lanham (granddaughter), Ann Lowe (daughter) Elisabeth (daughter), John (son of Edward Stonestreet).
      Residue to (5 parts, equally): Edward (son), aforesaid grandsons (unnamed).
      Executor: John Stonestreet.
      ===
      May 24, 1729 - Charles County, Maryland Will book Liber CC#2 Folio 725-726
      Last Will and Testament of Oliver Burch (father of Anne Burch)
      In the name of God Amen, I Oliver Burch of King and Queen Parish in Charles County being in perfect health& of sound mind and memory blessed be God for the same and calling to mind the uncertainty of this world that there is nothing certain but death and that most uncertain, when do make and ordain this my Last Will and Testament in a manner and form following (Viz) ----
      Imprimis: I give and bequeath my soul into the hands of Almighty God that gaveth me- Doubting nothing but that through the merits and intercession of my Blessed Savior and Redeemer Jesus Christ I shall receive it again at the last day with a full pardon of all my sins my body to the Earth to be buried in a Christian like manner at the appointment of Executors hereafter by me named and as for the worldly
      goods that it hath pleased God of his goodness to endow me with all, I bestow in manner and form the following ~ viz. ~
      Item: I give and bequeath to my son Benjamin Burch Seventy Five acres of land it being part of a tract of land called, Bowlings Plains to him and his heirs forever.
      Item: I give and bequeath to my two sons Thomas and John Burch five shilling sterling a piece.
      Item: I give and bequeath to my son Edward Burch one feather bed and covering, I give the said goods to my son Edward Burch.
      Item: I give and bequeath to my son Jonathan Burch the two tracts land the one called Lumley and Penrick, I give to the said land to my son Jonathan to him and his heirs forever.
      Item: I give and bequeath to my daughter Katherine Swann five shilling sterling.
      Item: I give and bequeath to my daughter Anne Swann five shilling sterling.
      Item: I give and bequeath to my daughter Barbary Allison five shilling sterling.
      Item: I give and bequeath to my son Justinian Burch five shilling sterling.
      Item: I give and bequeath to my daughter Elinor Burch five shilling sterling.
      Item: I give and bequeath to my daughter Elizabeth Cade five shilling sterling.
      Item: I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Barbary Burch the plantation whereon I now live with all the Land there unto belonging during her natural life and after to fall to my son Jonathan and his heirs for ever
      I nominate and appoint my well beloved wife Barbara Burch whole and sole executrix of this my Last Will and Testament revoking all other wills or will by me formerly made ratifying and confirming this and none other to be my last will and testament. In Witness where of I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 15 day of February 1726
      Oliver Burch
      Signed sealed and delivered
      In presence of
      At the post of the aforegoing Will was thus written (viz)
      Geo. Brett
      James Phillips
      Anne O. Phillips
      May 24th 1729 then came George Brett and made Oath on the holy Evangelist that he saw the above named Oliver Burch sign and seal the above and heard him publish and declare the same to be his Last Will and Testament and that at the time of his so doing he was of sound and perfect memory to the best of his Judgement and that no other no other sponsor was called at that time as a witness on subscribed as such.
      Sworn before me ~ J. Hanson D. Combs
      James Phillips being present when the above probate was made & declared that the above Will was brought to him some time after it was signed and he and his wife were desired to subscribe the same as witnesses which they did but not in the presence of the Testator not at his request neither did he the Said James ever hear him mention anything concerning said will either before or after.
      Test J. Hanson D. Combs
      ===
      Charles County Court Records, March 1737/8 Court, Liber T#2, Page 425
      Pursuant to the order of Mar Court in the 20th year of the dominion of the Proprietary, Commission issued to examine witnesses touching the bounds of a tract of land called Hadley, in possession of Robert Mackhorn. Commissioners appointed: Robert Yates, Andrew Chunn, George Hatton, and Geo: Brett of CC, Gent (not being any way related to the Petr, contiguous Proprietor, nor interested in the sd land). Hadley is in CC. The purpose of the Commission was to prove and perpetuate the memory of the bounds of Hadley.
      . And now here, at Mar Court, Robert Yates, Andrew Chunn, and George Hatton, return to this Court the Commission afd, with the following depositions and certificate annexed -
      The deposition of John Briscoe, age about 30, declares that about 10-11 years ago, he was employed by Robt: Mechon to run out a certain tract of land called Hadley, and that as they were running the lines, Oliver Burch met them at the place where the deponent now stands, and showed him a red oak and told him that it was one of the bound trees of Hadley Land, but the deponent can't charge his memory which way sd Burch knew it to be the bound tree.
      The deposition of Jona: Burch, age about 30, declares that about 10-11 years ago, his father, Oliver Burch, showed him a red oak where the deponent now stands, and told him, sd deponent, that he had heard that Capt. Barton should say that it was one of the bound trees of Hadley Land.
      We have examined the witnesses brought to us, this Mar 8, 1737/8 - Robert Yates, Andrew Chunn, George Hatton.

      === Contributed by Ralph D. Smith

      Feb. 26, 1748/9 - Jonathan Birch and [his brother-in-law]
      Thomas Owings [sic; Owen] patent "Mill Dam," containing 75
      acres in Prince George's Co., Md.
      Source: Coldham, Peter W., "Settlers of Maryland, 1731-1750," pp. 18 and 168.

      May 1756 - Prince George's Co., Md. Land Records. William
      Parker, of Prince George's Co., Gent., for the sum of 14/14/0
      sterling, deeds to Jonathan Burch, of Prince George's Co.,
      Gent., all that part of a tract of land called "Piscataway
      Forest," Beginning at the end of the North Northwest Line
      of the whole tract, running thence with the given line ... ,
      containing 35t acres of land.
      Source: Prince George's Co., Md. Land Records, Liber NN, pp. 452-3.

      Aug. 1758 - Jonathan Burch patents "Mill Dam," containing
      102 acres in Prince George's Co., Md.
      Source: Coldham, Peter W., "Settlers of Maryland, 1751-1765," Page 37.
      Comment: In her book, "Birch, Burch Family in Great Britain
      and America," Vol. 1, at Page 206, Marilu Burch Smallwood states that the certificate of survey for this land calls it
      "Enlargement of the Mill Dam." Both Coldham and Smallwood give the same certificate and patent citations for the land.
      Notice that Jonathan's will says that the Mill Dam tract
      is adjacent to his land "Plymouth."

      1759 - Jonathan Burch is in the 1759 Prince George's Co.,
      Md. Debt Book with:
      --part of "Plymouth," 140 acres
      --"The Enlargement of the Mill Dam," 102t acres
      --part of "Piscataway Forest," 35 acres
      Source: 1759 Prince George's Co., Md. Debt Book, Page 3.
      (MSA Microfilm Roll SR 8232)
      ===
      1749-1752 Prince George's County, Maryland Land Records Liber PP [Abstract by Mike Marshall]; Page 123. At the request of Jonathan Burch the following Deed was recorded June 27, 1751
      This indenture tripartite made June 25, 1751; between John Harris of the first part, John Burch, planter of the second part and John Speake, planter of the third part. Whereas John Harris in April term last by writ of "Entry Sur Difscision" did recover against Jonathan Burch part of a tract called "Plymouth" containing 140 acres in the provincial court in Annapolis. Now this indenture witnesseth that John Harris and all the parties to the said recovery are hereby declared to have been intended to be and enure to the only use and behoof of the said Jonathan Burch's heirs and assigns forever and to no other use intent or purpose whatsoever. In witness whereof the parties to these presents have hereunto interchangeably set their hands and fix their seals this day and year first above written. John Harris, Jonathan Burch, John Speak, in the presence of John Hepburn, Samuel Magruder and acknowledged before John Hepburn
      ===
      1749-1752 Prince George's County, Maryland Land Records Liber PP [Abstract by Mike Marshall]; Page 161. At the request of Jonathan Burch the following Deed was recorded December 7, 1751
      Indenture made November 21, 1751; Joseph Beall of Frederick County, Maryland planter and Elizabeth Beall his wife in consideration of 40 pounds current money paid by Jonathan Burch have sold part of a tract called "Plymouth" containing 140 acres and lying near the main fresh of Piscataway and binding on Joseph Newton's beginning tree of his part of the aforesaid tract. Signed Joseph Beall, Elizabeth Beall in the presence of John Darnall, John Stone Hawkins and acknowledged before John Darnall and at the same time Elizabeth Beall wife of Joseph Beall relinquished her right of dower
      ===
      1763-1767 Prince George's County, Maryland Land Records Liber TT [Abstract by Mike Marshall]; Page 410. At the request of Matthew Eversfield & Jonathan Burch the following Deed of Exchange was recorded May 18, 1765
      Indenture made May 15, 1765; Matthew Eversfield has given and granted by these presents to Jonathan Burch all that piece or parcel of land called "Piscattaway Forrest" containing 13 ¾ acre lying on the south side of Piscattaway Main Fresh and bounded by the 14th line of Samuel Townshend's part of said land in exchange for part of Jonathan Burch's tract called "Enlargement of the Mill Dam" being on the south side of Piscattaway Main Fresh and containing 13 ¾ of an acre. Signed Matthew Eversfield, Jonathan Burch in the presence of and acknowledged before Nathaniel Magruder, Thomas Addison, Jr. and at the same time Elizabeth Burch wife of Jonathan Burch relinquished her right of dower
      ===
      1767-1769 Prince George's County, Maryland Land Records Liber BB 2 [Abstract by Mike Marshall]; Page 252. At the request of Jonathan Burch, Jr. the following Deed was recorded May 9, 1768
      I Jonathan Burch in consideration of the natural love and affection which I bear unto my well beloved son Jonathan Burch, Jr., as also in consideration of 5 shillings have given two parts of a tract called "Piscattaway Forrest", on purchased of Dr. William Parker containing 35 ½ acres, the other had in exchange of Matthew Eversfield containing 13 ¾ acres and beginning at the 14th line of Samuel Townshend's part of said line. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this April 9, 1768, Jonathan Burch in the presence of and acknowledged before Thomas Hanson Marshall, George Hardey, Jr.

      === Contributed by Ralph D. Smith
      1776 - Jonathan Burch is in the 1776 Census of St. John's
      and Prince George's Parishes, Prince George's Co., Md., as
      follows:
      --Jonathan Burch, age 68 [so b. 1708]
      --Elizabeth Burch, age 58 [so b. 1718]
      --male, age 39
      --male, age 15
      --male, age 6
      --female, age 20
      --female, age 18
      --female, age 3
      5 male slaves (ages 50, 35, 18, 13, 1)
      6 female slaves (ages 30, 24, 24, 14, 5, 3)
      The household contains 1 defective white male over 16.
      Source: Brumbaugh, Gaius M., "Maryland Records, Colonial,
      Revolutionary, County and Church, from Original Sources,"
      Vol. 1, Page 74.
      Comment: Jonathan's sons Jonathan, Jr. and Oliver are
      also heads of household in this Census; sons Thomas and
      Benjamin are not. Jonathan, Jr. is living next to his father.
      (Census not in alphabetical order) Jonathan's daughters
      Elizabeth and Mary are in this Census with their husbands.

      ===
      1642-1753 Rent Rolls Charles County MD Hundred - Newport: Rent Roll page/Sequence: 368-47: LUMBEY: 450 acres; Possession of - 225 Acres - Burch, Oliver: 225 Acres - Noe, John: Surveyed 31 Jan 1664 for Thomas Lomax on the North side the main swamp that falls into Piles fresh: Conveyance notes - 125 Acres - Thomas Dyson from John Noe; 27 Feb 1726, 100 Acres - John Ingram Twainbrook from John Noe; 25 Sept 1727,100 Acres - Edmund Murphy from John Ingram Twainbrook; 13 Nov 1728, 46 Acres - Sarah Noe from Thomas Dyson; 10 June 1729, 100 Acres - William Davis from Edmund Murphy; 24 March 1734, 112-1/2 Acres - Justinian Burch Jr. From Justinian Burch Sr.; 14 June 1743,
      ===
      1642-1753 Rent Rolls Charles County, Maryland Hundred - Newport: Rent Roll page/Sequence: 362-1: PENRICK: 40 acres; Possession of - 40 Acres - Burch, Oliver: Surveyed 31 March 1705 for Oliver Burch lying adjoining to the lands he now lives on beginning at a bound chestnut: Conveyance notes - 46 Acres - Justinian Burch Jr. from Justinian Burch Sr.; 14 June 1743,
      ===

  • Sources 
    1. [S195] THE BURCH FAMILIES OF SOUTHERN MARYLAND TO 1800 Vol-2, 71.

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